Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting Tajikistan for talks with President Emomali Rahmon. Abe arrived in Tajikistan from Turkmenistan on Saturday. It is the 3rd leg of his tour of Mongolia and 5 nations in Central Asia. He is the first Japanese prime minister to visit Tajikistan.
The country shares a long border with Afghanistan.
There are concerns in Tajikistan that drugs and Islamic extremist groups may cross into the country. Abe believes that stability in Tajikistan will help make the entire region more secure. His talks with Rahmon are expected to focus on cooperation over border controls and measures to combat drugs.
Abe will visit a UN office to lay flowers at a cenotaph dedicated to Yutaka Akino, a Japanese scholar killed by militants in 1988 while serving as a UN observer in Tajikistan.